Position Available: Roma Education Fund Scholarship Program Officer

The Roma Education Fund’s (REF) mission and goal is to close the gap in educational outcomes between Roma and non-Roma. To achieve this goal, the organization supports policies and programs which ensure quality education for Roma through scholarships, grant making and advocacy activities.

The objectives of REF include:

  • Expanding Romani children’s access to quality early childhood education and care;
  • Improving primary education outcomes for Romani children aged six to fourteen;
  • Boosting academic performance and graduation rates from secondary education for Romani pupils;
  • Supporting access to tertiary education, improving graduation levels and strengthening identity of Romani university students, and Expanding employment opportunities for young Romani adults.

REF operates its activities in close links with civil society and institutional partners in 16 countries of Central and South Eastern Europe.

REF Scholarship Program (REF SP) offers scholarships for Roma students at the university level consisting of four scholarship schemes, available on a yearly basis: Roma Memorial University Scholarship Program (RMUSP); Law and Humanities Program (LHP); Roma International Scholar Program (RISP); and Roma Health Scholarship Program (RHSP). The schemes are implemented in the following countries (“the Program Countries”): Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey, and Ukraine.

Candidate Profile

Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the incumbent, who will be working with three other Scholarship Program Officers located in REF’s headquarters in Budapest, will be responsible for the implementation of REF SP’s mandate and its scholarship schemes.

The main tasks and responsibilities include:

  • Implementing and overseeing REF’s annual scholarship cycles.
  • Preparing and submitting briefing papers, progress reports and status of implementation of SP cycles;
  • Drafting and providing input to the SP reports to donors, REF’s annual reports; providing input into the development of the SP work plan;
  • Preparing SP’s input and reporting to the REF Board Meetings;
  • Providing advice and input for the further development of the SP and its scholarship schemes; analyzing and assessing the outcomes of work, including findings of the coordinators’ reports and the reports of their annual meetings, data reports, feedback from partner organization, and from SP beneficiaries and alumni;
  • Coordinating work in the SP Alumni and Beneficiary Network’s Facebook Groups;
  • Any other duties.

Education/Competencies Required

  • At least a BA degree, preferably in humanities, political and social sciences;
  • At least two years of experience on working with project implementation and/or NGO sector, preferably in higher education sector or working with youth;
  • Knowledge of project management administration and strong planning skills;
  • Good understanding of the higher educational programs;
  • Strong data analysis skills – ability to take large amounts of data, analyze, identify patterns, issues, etc.; experience in operating with databases and data specific software and online platforms, data processing and statistics;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, as well as strong interpersonal skills;
  • High level of computer proficiency (Microsoft Office, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and good internet navigation skills (Explorer, Firefox, Chrome);
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, knowledge of another language from the REF’s countries of operations is desirable. Knowledge of Romani language is considered as added value.
  • Ability to work independently and under pressure, organize multiple parallel tasks, and meet expectations with minimal supervision;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity and the ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities.

Individuals identifying themselves as Roma, in particular REF SP alumni, fulfilling the above mentioned profile and requirements, are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Start Date: mid- February

Location: Budapest, Hungary

To Apply

Interested candidates should send their cover letter, and detailed curriculum vitae to scholarships@romaeducationfund.org no later than January 31, 2018. Please indicate in the e-mail subject line: "SP Officer – candidacy.” Also, kindly indicate at least two references (name, position, email, telephone) whom we may contact.

Please note that applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. If you have any questions, please contact us at the mentioned email address. Thank you.